(Getty Images)Alexa Ray Joel
says Heartbreak-Related Depression played a role in her recent suicide attempt and that she wants to raise awareness of the issue in 2010. The daughter of Billy Joel
and Christie Brinkley
made the comments on her facebook.com page, where she thanked her supporters for their "outpouring of love" in a trying time. Alexa Ray Joel and Christie Brinkley (Getty Images)
Alexa was rushed to a hospital December 5 after taking a cocktail of pills that was later determined to be non-lethal. The young singer panicked and called 911 for help after taking the pills because she was distraught about her recent break-up with former bandmate Jimmy Riot.
Alexa wrote that in 2010 she wants "to help young girls with something I feel I know a GREAT deal about: Heartbreak-Related Depression. Although it does not get much attention in our society, it is a very serious and painful condition that often gets 'swept under the carpet.' I hope to bring this topic more to light." Alexa, who graduated from New York University, also says she plans to go back to school to further study depression.
"I'm even going back to school for Psychology in hopes to learn more about this and many other afflictions that many of us have had to face," she says. "After all, there's nothing more fascinating than the human mind and it's respective conditions."